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Monday's Daily Menu:


All times are Central


Nashville: RHP Claudio Vargas at Omaha (Royals), 6:50 PM pre-game, 7:05 gametime


Free Live Audio Link


Jeff Hem is the new play-by-play voice of the Sounds; follow him on Twitter @jeffhempbp; we'll link to his blog updates at On the Air…and Off


MiLB.TV -- for subscribers; all Nashville games, home and away, will be available to watch via MiLB.TV's $39.99 season-long package ($9.99 to pay for a single month). We imagine the audio feed is from the home team. All MiLB.TV details available at the link.




Huntsville: RHP Ariel Pena at Mississippi (Braves), 6:45 PM pre-game, 7:00 gametime


Free Live Audio Link -- Select the Huntsville feed from the MiLB main audio page


Alex Cohen is the new play-by-play voice of the Stars; follow him on Twitter @alexmcohen. It's fantastic that Huntsville is returning to what will be a traditional broadcast format this year. All games, home and away, are scheduled to be broadcast.


MiLB.TV subsciption note: Huntsville road games in four locales (Mississippi, Tennessee, Jacksonville and Pensacola) will be broadcast.




Brevard County: Idle




Wisconsin: RHP Shaun Marcum makes his 3rd rehab start at home vs. Peoria (Cubs), 6:45 PM pre-game, 7:05 gametime


Free Live Audio Link - 1280 AM WNAM


Chris Mehring is back to do his customary fantastic work as the Voice of the Rattlers. Follow him on Twitter @CMehring; we'll link to Chris' infamous blog often -- Rattler Radio.


MiLB.TV -- for subscribers; Wisconsin is one of only two (Great Lakes) Midwest League clubs that have all their home games available via MiLB.TV; Chris' call provides the audio. So for the $39.95 season-long package, fans in Brewer Nation can watch all Sounds games, all Timber Rattlers home games, and Stars' road games from four Southern League locales.




Helena: Idle




Arizona Rookie (Maryvale): Idle




DSL Brewers: at home vs. the DSL Angels, 9:30 AM, although game data won't be available until late afternoon at the earliest

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AAA - Pacific Coast League American Northern Division


AA - Southern League North Division


High-A - Florida State League North Division


A - Midwest League Western Division


Rookie Advanced - Pioneer League North Division


Rookie - Arizona Summer League


DSL - Dominican Summer League San Pedro de Macoris Division




NOTE: AAA Nashville, Rookie Maryvale and the DSL do not play a split schedule. When you click on a standings link for Huntsville, Brevard County, Wisconsin, and/or Helena, you'll then be able to choose 1st half and/or overall standings in addition to the current 2nd half standings.

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Only five games left for the DSL Brewers, only eight left for the Maryvale rookies.




Remember -- MiLB.com subscribers can watch Huntsville (and Ariel Pena tonight) live, plus the archive, for the entire Mississippi series. This will be the Stars' final 2012 televised series.






As we like to do, here's some notice for you.


This Wednesday August 22nd, Time Warner Cable Sports 32 TV will broadcast the Rattlers home game vs. Cedar Rapids (Athletics) at 7:05 PM. UW-Milwaukee's Chad Pierce is the scheduled starter.


The big leaguers play a matinee that day.


This is the final cable TV broadcast of the Rattlers scheduled for 2012 (it will be interesting to see if they pick up a playoff game or two.)

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Updating the Tommy Toledo / Brian Johnson connection from this weekend --


Nice tweet from Tommy




LOWELL -- Lowell Spinners left-hander and Red Sox first-round draft pick Brian Johnson was out of the hospital and back at LeLacheur Park Sunday, less than 24 hours after being struck below the left eye by a line drive on his second pitch of Saturday's game against the Hudson Valley Renegades at Fenway Park.


Johnson suffered multiple fractures of the orbital bone around his left eye.


Johnson, who received a $1,575,000 bonus from the Red Sox as the 31st pick in the draft out of the University of Florida, will not pitch again this season. But the news was far from discouraging.


"(The doctors) are going to wait until the swelling goes down to see how the fractures need to heal. Then there will be a decision made on whether or not to have surgery," said Spinners manager Bruce Crabbe. "There's a chance he might not.


"He'll be on a liquid diet for about six weeks," Crabbe said. "But all the tests as far as brain functions came out good. It's as positive as it can be."

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Nashville Media Notes


Kind of sad...

TAKE ME HOME: Nashville is the only PCL club without a player with at least 50 RBIs this season (each of the other 15 league clubs has at least two players with 50+ RBIs). Sean Halton currently leads the club with 44 RBIs. The lowest team-leading RBI total in Sounds history was Jeff Treadway’s 59 in 1987.

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Guys...I wanted to thank you for the great teammwork in creating the Link Report without fail. No doubt it's a lot of work. I'm sure it's appreciated by many.


I know there is a thread dedicated somewhere to this but nobody would mind if I snuck in another thank you during the daytime in a random thread.

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The game today against the DSL Angels starts the last round of games for our young DSL squad, they will wrap against the Angels on the 25th to end the season.


edit: Angles, Angels, it's all the same isn't it?

"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation."

- Plato

"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something."

- Plato

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Audio from Omaha — “Mondays with Mike (Guerrero)”


Jeff Hem's note -- Here is this week’s installment of “Mondays with Mike” with Sounds manager Mike Guerrero, who discusses the Sounds’ recent 5-3 homestand, their first two games in Omaha, how the Sounds are trying to pitch to Royals prospect Wil Myers, getting rest for outfielder Khris Davis (not in lineup Monday for first time as a Sound) and what he wants to see from the club over the remaining 15 games of the season.

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Vargas having a nice season since signed any chance he will be up in sept.


I wouldn't want to even contemplate what would necessitate bringing up Vargas to pitch in September. With Thornburg, Peralta, and Marcum likely on their way to pitch, then I'd imagine that a Vargas call up would only be due to an injury to Gallardo or something catastrophic to Thornburg or Peralta---perish the thought.

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Final: Peoria 1, Wisconsin 8


Wisconsin batters Peoria


GRAND CHUTE, WI - Shaun Marcum pitched six strong innings and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers offense hammered out twelve hits in an 8-1 win over the Peoria Chiefs Monday night at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium. Marcum picked up the win in his third rehabilitation start for the Rattlers. Ben McMahan led the way for the offense with three hits, three runs, and two RBI.


Wisconsin (72-53 overall, 28-28 second half) scored three times in the bottom of the first inning. Peoria was charged with two errors in the inning to help the Rattlers get off to the fast start. Chadwin Stang reached on an infield single and Max Walla both reached on an error to start the inning. A sacrifice fly by Brandon Macias drove in Stang for the 1-0 lead.


McMahan followed with a single to right. Walla, who was running on the pitch, would score when the Peoria right fielder overran the ball. Greg Hopkins doubled later in the frame to send McMahan home for a 3-0 lead.


McMahan hit a two-run homer in the third inning to extend the Rattlers lead to 5-0. In the fourth inning, Rafael Neda led off with a double. Yadiel Rivera followed with an RBI single and Wisconsin was up 6-0.


Peoria (56-69, 21-35) got a run off Marcum in the top of the fifth. Jacob Rogers drew a walk with one out. A two out double by Bijan Radamacher drove in Rogers.


The Rattlers got that run back in the bottom of the fifth inning on an RBI grounder from Hopkins and took a 7-1 lead.


Marcum tossed a scoreless sixth inning before calling it a night. He allowed one run on four hits, walked one, and struck out three. Marcum, who was on a 75 pitch limit, threw 71 pitches - 50 for strikes - and was in line for the win.


Wisconsin added one more run. Macias tripled with one out in the seventh and scored on a passed ball.


That was more than enough for reliever Jacob Barnes. The Rattlers right-hander tossed three scoreless innings, struck out three, and earned his third save of the season.


The final game of the four game series is Tuesday afternoon. Mark Williams (7-9, 3.86) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers. Jeff Antigua (1-2, 1.99) is set to start for the Chiefs. Game time is 12:05pm.


Tuesday is a Baker Tilly Business Persons Special. Show your business card when you purchase a ticket and for $11.50 you will receive a box seat ticket, a beverage and your choice of brat or hot dog. This offer is also available to senior citizens.


One fan in attendance will win a 32" flat-screen TV from American TV of Appleton on American TV Tuesday!


If you can't make it out to the ballpark tune in for the broadcast on AM1280, WNAM or timberrattlers.com starting with the Miller Lite Pregame Show starting at 11:45am.



Ben McMahan (12th, 1 on in 3rd inning off Joe Zeller, 1 out)


WP: Shaun Marcum (1-0)

LP: Joe Zeller (2-4)

SAVE: Jacob Barnes (3)


TIME: 2:40

ATTN: 2,735


Wisconsin Box Score


Shaun Marcum looked good in his six innings. He gave up just one run on four hits. Jacob Barnes held the Chiefs scoreless in the final three innings. Each pitcher struck out three Peoria hitters.


Ben McMahan had a big offensive night, going 3-3 with two RBI and three runs scored. Brandon Macias went 2-4 with a triple and scored two runs. Rafael Neda was 2-4 with a double, which could have possibly been a triple, but he stumbled coming around first base. Yadiel Rivera also went 2-4. Greg Hopkins was 1-3 with a walk (just his 16th walk of the season). Chadwin Stang singled, walked and stole a base.


Wisconsin Play By Play


Wisconsin Bottom of the 1st

Chadwin Stang singles on a ground ball to shortstop Timothy Saunders.

With Max Walla batting, Chadwin Stang steals (25) 2nd base.

Max Walla reaches on a throwing error by second baseman Zeke DeVoss. Chadwin Stang to 3rd.

Brandon Macias out on a sacrifice fly to center fielder Pin-Chieh Chen. Chadwin Stang scores.

Ben McMahan singles on a sharp ground ball to right fielder Jorge Soler. Max Walla scores. Ben McMahan to 2nd. Fielding error by right fielder Jorge Soler.

Nick Ramirez grounds out, first baseman Jacob Rogers to pitcher Joseph Zeller. Ben McMahan to 3rd.

Gregory Hopkins doubles (21) on a fly ball to center fielder Pin-Chieh Chen. Ben McMahan scores.

Mike Garza lines out softly to second baseman Zeke DeVoss.

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